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January 19, 2017

Thanking Your Mentor

Although January 19 is recognized as "Thank Your Mentor Day," you don't have to wait another year to reach out to your mentor! Whether you're new in the mentoring program, a mentor who's had a mentor, or a graduate of the mentoring program, giving thanks to an employee who's contributed ... More

January 18, 2017

Your Business Mentoring Program Is Still Business

Working on a Business Mentoring ProgramIsWorking on Business We’ve talked elsewhere about the importance of positioning mentoring as a business strategywhen you’re pitching your business mentoring programto leadership or upper management to get buy-in for your mentoring program. ... More

January 17, 2017

Why Even Mentor?

With the start of a new year, January also pivots the beginning of National Mentoring Month and as experts inmentoring and career developmentsolutions,Insala will be providing information encompassingwhat makesa person a qualified mentor,what makesa successful mentoring initiative,and the benefits... More

January 13, 2017

The Hidden Job Market in Your Corporate Alumni

In a time when the majority of career opportunities are not announced on jobs boards and sites, there is a way to pierce through the uncertainty that is inherent in a job search [Click to Tweet]. Corporate Alumni Networks, when used properly, can export a portion of ... More

January 12, 2017

Increase Your ROI by Maintaining Alumni Relationships

While corporate alumni programs are still a relatively new concept for organizational strategies, they carry the potential for significant ROI from increased business development opportunities, strengthened company and employer brand, and reduced recruitment expenses. Corporate alumni pro... More

January 11, 2017

Tips To Strategize Diversity In Your Mentoring Program

More than ever before,diversity is a necessity for growing organizations. It accommodates diversity in your clients, motivates employees and even recognizes new knowledge and skills that may of been overlooked. However the problem isn't marketing diversity, rather it's how to do it the best, most ef... More

January 10, 2017

The "New" Mentor

It's often referred to as reverse mentoring [Click to Tweet], and it is on a rise since millennials are now the majority in the workforce and a fast-moving workforce at that. In a previous blog we introduced whatreverse mentoringis and how influential it can be for both the junior and senior emplo... More

January 09, 2017

Overcoming Communication Barriers in Organizations

There is a wealth of knowledge to be gained from all individuals, ages, and levels within the organization. [Click to Tweet]Having multiple generations not only working together but listening, communicating, and working to develop each other is a boon in many areas, including creativity in pr... More

January 06, 2017

How Mobile are Your HR Functions?

The year is 2017 and anything that can’t be accessed in the palm of one’s hand is considered inconvenient.[Click to Tweet} The times have changed and organizations are taking note. ADP, a leading payroll services provider, released a report on the ongoing trend of data mobility ; that is... More

January 05, 2017

Formal vs Informal Mentoring

In our last poll that we ran in our webinar, 71% of respondents reported that they found a combination of formal and informal mentoring to be more effective than just formal mentoring or just informal mentoring. We’ve definitely found at Insala that informal mentoring enhances formal ment... More

January 04, 2017

5 Reasons You Should Volunteer as a Mentor

When recruiting mentor volunteers in your new mentoring program a question that comes up is: why should I volunteer? Below are 5 great reasons you should volunteer and the positive effects that deliver in the mentor-mentee relationship. The "Do Good" Effect In... More

January 03, 2017

How To Manage a Transitioning Workforce

You’re currently investing too much in employees to let that investment go every time an employee relocates, is promoted, or leaves the company entirely. So the question is, how can we handle talent shifting around? When it comes to people leaving the organization entirely, that’s a conv... More

December 29, 2016

Out of Sight, But Not Out of Mind

Like an R&B song on repeat, organizations are not forgetting about their exes that easily. Many corporations are finding themselves looking into their little black books at what could have been, wondering what will be. The rise of Corporate Alumni Networks is providing a new use for those old co... More

December 28, 2016

Corporate Alumni and the Boomerang Effect

If you love something, let it go. And if it comes back to you, then it was meant to be [Click to Tweet] … a part of your corporate alumni network. The idea behind an Alumni Network is simple enough. Employees leave and employers woo them back, or at least keep up with them. But have you ever ex... More

December 22, 2016

The Pros and Cons of Virtual Mentoring

We live in a truly digital age. More and more relationships and bonds are being formed without even meeting face-to-face. [Click to Tweet]These kind of relationships have spread into the business and legal world as well. In the legal world; knowledge transfer is a major way that law firms pass... More

December 21, 2016

Alumni as Brand Ambassadors

Corporations are the new alma maters: companies are retaining and managing their connections with ex-employees (corporate alumni) in a trend dubbed “corporate social networking” (CSN). Corporate branding has become more indicative of competitive market advantage than product branding. Alumni admira... More

December 20, 2016

Internal Mobility and Millennial Retention

A former client recently contacted me about licensing our career development software again with a different objective in mind. Employee retention is becoming a major issue in most organizations, due to many factors including the increased flow of millennials in the workforce. They’re losing good, q... More

December 15, 2016

The Hidden Job Market in Your Alumni

Corporate Alumni Programs Need a Hook Yourcorporate alumni programis a long-term strategy. Just as you can’t expect to build it overnight, you need to plan to bring your alumni to your program not just once, but over and over and over again. The simple fact of it is that alumn... More

December 14, 2016

Is Virtual Mentoring Right For Your Organization?

Consider Virtual Mentoring Earlier Rather Than Later One of the biggest things our clients ask about when putting together their mentoring program is mentor matching criteria. We’ve written previously on the 5 mentor matching criteria you should consider , but today I want to focus on location-ba... More

December 13, 2016

Is Your Alumni a Two Way Street

When was the last time you went to a networking event, or a gallery opening, and you stood in front of 10, 100, or even 1,000 attendees and told them all about the great things you have done in the past 30 days? Sounds ridiculous, right? I am sure this has never... More

December 12, 2016

Mentor Matches Don't Always Work Out

Your seventh and final step to getting mentors and mentees to make time for mentoring focuses on closing the circle so that, no matter what unexpected issues crop up, you are ready to keep the mentoring program cycling to success. We all know that even the best mentor matches ... More

December 07, 2016

Bridging the Generational Gap at Work

The term “mentoring” has always conjured up pictures of wise, older sages acting in the role of mentor as they impart wisdom and knowledge to the younger, less experienced mentee. This model doesn’t translate to today’s workplace. You have at least three – andmaybe four – generations workin... More

December 06, 2016

Mentoring Training Courses Are For Managers Too

We have discussedmentoring training coursespreviously, but only in terms of mentors and mentees. Wait, you’re saying.There’s another group I need to train for my mentoring program? [Click to Tweet] Absolutely. You'll definitely need to train your mentors’ and mentees’ managers – and here’s why.... More

December 05, 2016

Company Benefits of Using Mentoring for Onboarding

Mentoring for Onboarding: Company Benefits I wrote in my last post about how mentoring for onboarding supports new hires . On the flip side, the biggest benefit for the organization is that new hires will more naturally engage with their new culture, coworkers, and work when given the righ... More

December 02, 2016

How to Build Your Corporate Alumni Network

Building an alumni network from the ground up can be difficult. Luckily, we have plenty of experience helping a diverse range of organizations do this. Here are a few items you should consider when building acorporate alumni network. Decide on the population pool early: What kind of ... More

December 01, 2016

Onboarding Vs. Orientation

In ourrecent webinar, we had a great question during Q&A: “What do you see as the difference between orientation and onboarding?” Ah, the great debate of onboarding vs. orientation. [Click to Tweet] The difference betweenonboarding and orientationboils down to this: orientation deals with the ... More

November 30, 2016

Quick Status: State of the New Hire

With the economy in an upswing, people are feeling secure enough to actively seek jobs as well as leave the jobs that, for one reason or another, they don’t feel are good fits for them anymore. While this has several different ramifications, from to recruitment to talent retention to knowledge re... More

November 29, 2016

Why Are My Employees Leaving Me?

Organizational Heartbreak When experiencing a breakup, one party is often left full of self-doubt and unanswered questions. Organizations ruminate on these same questions when employees decide to breakup with them too. Why did the employee leave? Was it something we did wrong? Could it h... More

November 28, 2016

Mentoring Problem #3: Mentoring Communication

It's not the mentor's and mentees' responsibility to figure out where their gaps are in understanding what exactly they need to do for the duration of the program and the mentoring partnership. Mostly because right now - it may just be one big gap. That's dangerous for you as the progra... More

November 23, 2016

Social Selling and Brand Ambassadors

Social selling is a new term for me; in fact, I just downloaded my first song last week! I am a millennial that feels behind the technological times at least twice a week, but if I can understand the importance of social selling, so can you! For a great source on how this has changed in the last dec... More

November 22, 2016

Mentoring Problem #2: Buy-in for Your Mentoring Program

Buy-in for your mentoring program is more important than you think [Click to Tweet].No matter how fewmentoring resourcesyou have,you’ll still need sign-off and approval for their allocation. Whether that means administrators, training, technology, or something else, you’ll needbuy-in for your mentor... More

November 21, 2016

Mentoring Problem #1: Mentoring Resources

It's About Your Mentoring Resources It’s never about how big or small your organization is, or even how big your mentoring program is [Click to Tweet] – it’s always about the mentoring resources allocated proportionally to planning, implementing, and running it. Whether it’s a larger program... More

November 17, 2016

Mentoring vs. Training?

Over on one of our LinkedIn groups (the Mentoring Thought Leaders' Club) there’s been some interesting discussion about the merits of mentoring versus training. The poll that sparked the discussion asked participants to vote whether they felt employees learned more from training or mentoring. ... More

November 15, 2016

Power of Alumni Networks

It’s unfair to believe that your employees will want to stay with you forever. Nobody plans to work in the same office for 30 years. It just sort of happens. Or it used to. [ Click to Tweet] It is currently estimated that Millennials will hold 12-15 jobs in their lifetim... More

November 14, 2016

Four Benefits from Diversity Mentoring

More than ever before, diversity is a necessity for growing organizations [Click to Tweet]. It accommodates diversity in your clients, motivates employees, and even recognizes new knowledge and skills that may have been overlooked in the past. However the problem isn't marketing diversity, rat... More

November 11, 2016

Tips to Engage Your Alumni with Technology

Organizations who realize the benefits to retaining connections with their corporate alumni talent face a major roadblock to engagement: Finding an efficient and sustainable process. Technology, when implemented properly, can alleviate this formidable administrative strain of engaging your alu... More

November 07, 2016

Why is Diversity Important for the Workplace

We live in a world that is constantly changing - where minorities are becoming majorities - and from 1998 to 2008 a growth of 41 percent of employees were non-white. Aside from laws encouraging diversity in the workforce, the benefits of diversity alone would interest any organization seeking ... More

October 31, 2016

Mentoring – The New Approach to Employee Retention

According to Deloitte’s 2016 Millennial Survey, millennials now occupy the largest share in the labor market (32%). This makes the absence of millennial company loyalty, engagement, and retention pressing and important business concerns. Of millennials surveyed, Deloitte reports that almost 2/... More

October 21, 2016

Promote Your Brand Through Your Alumni

When you think of Billy Mays, you immediately picture him in his crisp blue polo shouting to promote OxyClean™ to get any stain out no matter what! He is a great example of an organization promoting their brand. Unfortunately, he isn't taking anymore promotional gigs. But fear not, there i... More

October 19, 2016

Mentoring Program Planning

Failing to plan your mentoring program is planning for it to fail. In my experience, I’ve found that organizations that don't have a good, solid, strategic plan before they begin implementation simply aren't able to measure mentoring program effectiveness from an ROI-based standpoint. ... More

October 04, 2016

How To Create a Successful Women's Leadership Program

When it comes to leadership development, a focus on women is heavily trending. Women are quickly escalating into the leadership field as the times change; but how can organizations ensure that they will properly cultivated? From glass ceilings to work-life balance and office politics, female ex... More

October 03, 2016

Building Women's Career Path Through a Mentor

“We Can Do It!”. Right about now, you're probably imagining a stoic Rosie the Riveter in her classic cartoon portrait. Years ago this mantra concerned women taking baby steps to break down gender barriers (i.e. voting, being taken seriously as active members of society). However these days, ... More

September 29, 2016

Employees moving Up the Career Ladder through mentoring

From the time an employee is onboarded, they are constantly absorbing information and skills needed to progress their way through the ranks of the corporation. Most people are not inherently gifted with all the proficiency needed to fulfill every job responsibility expected of them. This truth... More

September 28, 2016

What is the Criteria for Matching a Mentor with a Mentee for Career Development?

Your organization is on board and excited about the new mentoring program. The objectives are aligned. The program administrators are primed and ready. And the stakeholders are excited about unrolling the new program. The next step is matching your mentees and mentors. There are a lot of diff... More

September 26, 2016

You now need mentoring software, how do you create a business case?

Mentoring software facilitates the career development of employees in a streamlined electronic client. We know that. But how does one secure funding for such a large project? Securing funding from key executives can be tricky. There must be a solid business case outlining objectives and providi... More

September 23, 2016

Building an Employee Career Path Through a Mentor

Employees usually feel more engaged when they believe that their employer is concerned about their growth and provide avenues to reach individual career goals while fulfilling the company’s mission. Building an employee's career path through mentoring provides employees with an ongoing mechanism ... More

September 21, 2016

Can Mentoring Enable Career Development for Employees?

The relationship between a mentor and mentee is one that spans throughout antiquity and recent history. Zeus was a mentor to Hercules, Athena was the mentor to Telemachus, and even the late Steve Jobs served as a mentor to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg. These relationships served as key advancem... More

August 17, 2016

Seven reasons software will improve your corporate mentoring program

Starting a corporate mentoring program is a big step for any organization. It is often the first of many in strides to increase retention, flourish and develop the leaders in your talent pool, and secure your succession pipeline. A personalized mentoring program makes all of this possible. Mento... More

August 12, 2016

How Technology is Changing Mentoring in the Workplace

Advances in technology now allow mentoring programs to flourish more than ever before. With technology we have broken down the barriers of communication, reduced the workload, and even allowed a mentors to connect with a mentees from across the world. What key technological advantages does mentori... More

August 10, 2016

Mentoring Skills

There are a set of skills possessed by good mentors that make them sought out for their knowledge and ability to guide mentees. If you’re going to properly set up a mentoring program, your mentors will need to be prepared for the job. After all, they are equipping your organization’s next generat... More

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